The Burns Harbor
Redevelopment Commission set aside funds to help smooth the Town’s
transition to a new ambulance contract at its meeting Wednesday night
In light of the
unexpected cost of changing the Town’s contract for ambulance service, RDC
President Kevin Tracy asked that the Commission put the Haglund Trail and
the environmental study for the Marquette Greenway on hold temporarily so it
can offer up to $200,000 for the Fire Department to make improvements to
living quarters for its EMTs, paramedics, and, hopefully, new ambulance
staff from Porter Regional Hospital.
The Town is hoping
to form a contract with Porter Regional and have their staff stay in Town,
but more space would be required to house them, as well as repairs to the
existing roof. The need for a new contract comes after Superior Ambulance
requested a drastic change in its contract with the Town on short notice.
Housing the staff in Town was the reason emergency response times stayed low
under Superior, according to Fire Chief Bill Arney.
approved the funds, and Rongers said, based on a quick assessment, it
appears the Commission would still be able to fund the environmental study
and provide the $200,000 in additional funds to BHFD.
Jeff Oltmanns of
Global Engineering gave an update on the designs for more amenities at Food
Truck Square. First off, he said he’s been focusing on getting approval to
start paving on the parking lot, which falls within an easement owned by BP.
He also reported Global has images prepared to share with the Town and is
working on a 3-D model of how it might look. “We’re just trying to get
spatially organized to make sure everything is looking good and meeting what
your needs are for the site.”
Oudman suggested that the RDC start promoting local businesses on social
media and on the Town’s website, citing the fact that other RDCs often do,
and some smaller businesses in Town could use the help. She also asked if a
name has been thought of for the site of Food Truck Square, which the
Commission simply refers to as the Four-acre site for the purposes of
“It has no
connection to people if you call it the four-acre site,” Oudman said. Tracy
agreed and said the Commission would start giving more thought to the name.
Commission member Eric Hull said he would like to see a contest where
residents or kids are invited to submit names for it.
The RDC has a
vacancy now that Marcus Rogala has moved on, and the Town Council is looking
to fill it with a citizen appointment. The application for board and
commission seats can be found on the municipal website.
Jane Jordan asked the Commission if it would like to renew its annual
membership in the Indiana Redevelopment Association for $125. Tracy asked
what benefits come with the membership, and Jordan responded that she wasn’t
sure, as Rogala attended a couple of the organization’s events, but she just
pays the invoices. Commission member Brad Enslen noted that if they offer
any help with advertising, statewide publicity could make the dues
worthwhile. Jordan said she would find out more information and report back.